What makes Missouri REALTORS® so great are the members that we have. Not only do we care about real estate, but we care about each other as well. We know that by investing in our fellow REALTORS® we are making our community, and the industry as a whole, stronger. That’s why we created Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy, a program that trains emerging leaders so they may exert a positive influence on the future of the real estate industry.
Our Leadership Academy Alumni Member Spotlight series highlights the graduates of the program. We want to introduce some of our wonderful REALTOR® leaders and showcase how Leadership Academy helped them grow. This month we are shining our spotlight on Deana Wolfe.
Deana Wolfe, a member of the Tri Lakes Board of REALTORS®, hasn’t always lived in Missouri, and she hasn’t always been a REALTOR®. Wolfe had a career as a school and charter bus driver before following in her mom’s footsteps and joining the real estate industry. She was licensed in California in 1989, where she lived until she fell in love with the Missouri Ozarks.
Wolfe has been licensed in Missouri since 2010, and she graduated from Leadership Academy in 2014. She initially applied for the program to get involved and meet REALTORS® from across the state. Not only did she meet a great group of REALTORS®, but she built lasting relationships with them.
“Watching my classmates excel since completing Leadership Academy is a thrill,” she said.
Since graduating from Leadership Academy, Wolfe has been heavily involved with the state association. She chaired the Member Network Committee, and is the 2018 Chair of the Advocacy Committee after serving as Vice Chair in 2017. She was also the 2017 President of Missouri’s Chapter of the Women’s Council of REALTORS® and is currently serving as the 2018 State Governor of the group. Wolfe has also served her local association as a Director, Secretary/Treasurer, President Elect and the 2017 President.
Leadership Academy prepared Wolfe for so many leadership roles by pushing her out of her comfort zone.
“At the time it was tough, but one of my favorite parts about Leadership Academy was being so uncomfortable and learning to deal with it,” she said.